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LA’s landmark observatory

evacuated due to suspicious item

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say the landmark Griffith Observatory overlooking Los Angeles has been evacuated because of a suspicious package.

Officer Mike Lopez, a Los Angeles police spokesman, says the department’s bomb squad was on scene Saturday afternoon.

He says officers located the suspicious item and ordered the evacuations before calling for the bomb squad. The bomb squad was still working to evaluate the situation.

Earlier this week, more than 2,000 people were evacuated from Griffith Observatory and its surrounding park because of a wildfire.

The observatory and urban wilderness park, attractions in their own right, are destinations for movie fans after being prominently featured in decades of films ranging from “Rebel Without a Cause” to “La La Land.”

Man nabbed in wife’s chain saw attack was deported 11 times

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say a man accused of attacking his wife with a chain saw in front of their children at their Los Angeles-area home had been deported from the U.S. 11 times.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lori Haley says 32-year-old Alejandro Alvarez-Villegas is a “serial immigration violator.”

Alvarez-Villegas was arrested on Thursday in a stolen vehicle in Chula Vista, a few miles from the Mexican border.

Police said Alvarez-Villegas is suspected of attacking his wife at their Whittier home, leaving her covered in blood. She is expected to recover.

It was not immediately clear if Alvarez-Villegas had an attorney to comment on the allegations.

Haley says federal immigration officials have lodged a detainer against Alvarez-Villegas, asking local officials to notify them before he is released.

Alvarez-Villegas has been in and out of the U.S. since 2005.

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